Czech economist Vladimír Dlouhý, the nation’s very first minister of industry and trade under then Prime Minister Václav Klaus (now serving his final term as head of state), will run for the presidency as an independent. But the advisor to Goldman Sachs in Central Europe must know there is no chance of a sudden wave of public support sending him to Prague Castle. So why has Dlouhý, a former communist, tossed his hat in the proverbial ring?
The regional director of French nuclear power plant constructor Areva says doubts about the Temelín nuclear expansion tender resulting in a winner and a substantial part of the work going to local companies are misplaced.
The Czech government’s economic advisory council (NERV) has advised PM Petr Nečas to support efforts to stabilize the eurozone while warning the EU monetary union’s disintegration is a real possibility; it also advised the creation of emergency budgetary measures. Nečas said that to emerge from the debt crisis, the eurozone needs fiscal discipline and measures to boost competitiveness.
Martin Roman, CEO of the state-owned power utility ČEZ, has decided to establish a private university specializing in law and economics, and the first students could begin their studies in a little more than three years. A number of questions still need to be resolved, not least of which is where the institution will be located and what languages the subjects will be taught in. There is also an uphill battle against the bad reputation that many private universities have.